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Happy Camper Postcard

By: DecoArt
June 30, 2015

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Happy Camper Postcard

Send a quick "hello" during your travels with this fun postcard!

Thanks for joining us on the Spellbinders' Summer Road Trip Partner Hop!
We hope that you come away inspired to create...

Find all of the Partner Hop and prize information below the full project instructions. There are some awesome prizes to be won each day!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Spellbinders Machine
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Assorted Scrapbook Paper
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Americana Radical Rays Stencil

Instructions:

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to desired size of postcard. (Optional: Cut another piece the same size for the backing. The back of the postcard may get messy, so it can be covered with another piece of paper the same size. This will also add stability.)

Create a mix of Titanium White, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, a small amount of Phthalo Turquoise, Burnt Umber, and a small amount of Carbon Black. Create a wash and apply to the entire surface. Use a paper towel to wipe back any areas that get too much pigment and to create a textured look. On a small scrap piece of watercolor paper, repeat the process. Set aside the scrap to be used later.

Create a mix of Titanium White with a small amount of Hansa Yellow Light. Position the Americana Radical Rays Stencil in the top right corner. Using a cosmetic sponge, apply mix to the stencil, allowing paint to fade out.

Run the desired shape for the sun through the Spellbinders machine using yellow scrapbook paper (or watercolor paper). Use the same color from the rays to paint the sun.

Cut out the hills and foreground on different patterned scrapbook papers. (If they come off the sides of the postcard, it can be trimmed later.) Do NOT glue pieces down yet.

Create a mix of Carbon Black and Titanium White. Apply a slightly translucent wash to the road. Let dry completely. Dip the very corner of a cosmetic sponge into water and then into Burnt Umber, create a distressed edge on all pieces. Practice on a scrap piece of paper if needed. Adhere all pieces to the surface using Matte Medium; trim to fit the surface.

Draw a camper and car onto a piece of watercolor paper. Paint the camper with a wash of Quinacridone Magenta. Distress the edge with Burnt Umber. Paint the car in Green Gold. Do not cut out yet. Paint a small scrap piece of watercolor paper in Hansa Yellow Light.

Position the heart cut-out on the camper as desired. Position the flower cut-out on a piece of yellow watercolor paper. Run both pieces through a Spellbinders machine. Cut the yellow piece to the size of the door. Put the camper and car in an embossing folder of choice and run through a Spellbinders machine. Highlight the texture and distress all pieces using a fan brush and Burnt Umber.

Cut the scrap watercolor paper from our earlier step to size for window cut-outs. Draw car windows and cut out. For the camper, adhere paper to the back of camper and door using Matte Medium. For the car, adhere to the surface of car using Matte Medium.

Cut three pieces of small scrapbook paper; position cut out die; and run through Spellbinders machine at one time. Position flowers and adhere using Matte Medium. Use a mix of Green Gold and Burnt Umber for stems and leaves.

Run the label on patterned scrapbook paper through a Spellbinders machine. Paint the middle with a mix of Titanium White, Phthalo Turquoise, Burnt Umber, and Green Gold. Let dry. Once dry, free-hand a word of choice onto the label using a liner brush and Carbon Black. Outline in Green Gold. Cut a piece of patterned scrapbook paper into a strip. Distress with Burnt Umber and cosmetic sponge. Adhere the label and strip to the surface and cut to fit.

Outline elements using a liner brush and Carbon Black. Add the tires on the camper and car in same color

Write a message of your choice and address on reverse side. Mail it out during your fun summer travels!

It has been DecoArt's pleasure to be part of the Spellbinder's Summer Road Trip Partner Hop today. DecoArt Team Member, Felicity Greiner, created a super cute postcard to send from your summer adventures. We hope that you've enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to create your own postcard.

Head on over to Joy's Life for even more DecoArt/Spellbinders inspiration!

Now... it's time to talk about the prizes! 

Click here to enter to win your own Spellbinder's Sapphire Machine along with some other great daily prizes! One grand prize winner and 3 daily winners will be chosen. Daily winners will receive product from each of the companies featured on that day. The grand prize winner will win a Sapphire Machine along with all of the partner goodies from all 3 days of the hop.

Today's winner will receive goodies from: 
     DecoArt (you've read one of our posts, now check out Joy's)
     May Arts
     Xyron (Karen Jiles and Marcia
     Chameleon

Make sure to take a second to visit all of these partner posts above. You're sure to be inspired!

Contest rules can be found by clicking here.

Spellbinders' NEW Sapphire Machine is the perfect crafting companion for all of your summer adventures! It is an easy to use manual die cutting machine for beginners that cuts and embosses papers and other materials. The affordable Sapphire Machine allows you to experiment with paper crafting without making a huge commitment. It's now available and sold exclusively at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores and JoAnn.com

Visit www.SpellbindersCreativeArts.com/Sapphire to learn more.

Comments

WOW - what a FUN & FABULOUS idea :) LOVE the scene you have created and the CUTE little camper!!! THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial!!!

TracyM #6773

June 30, 2015

I so love this project it has many useful tips and on it's own it's adorable Thanks

Janina H.

June 30, 2015

Love your postcard...so bright and cheery...the colors are terrific!

Eileen Barton

June 30, 2015

What a fun card! It's so bright and colorful! Thanks for the great inspiration today!

Michele K. Henderson

June 30, 2015

What a neat postcard...so very creative!

Theresa P

June 30, 2015

This is uh-mazing! Love all the fun paints and the paper piecing as well.

Terri Burson

June 30, 2015

A very cute postcard love it I have some friends leaving on a camping trip for the holiday. this is perfect timing thanks for sharing

sharon l-s

June 30, 2015

Lovely post card! The colors are fabulous! thank you for the tutorial and inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

Liz O.

June 30, 2015

Love the post card!

patricia kiser

June 30, 2015

Love the creativity in the happy camper postcard.

J Rosenberger

June 30, 2015

This is a new Technique to me. I will have fun trying it out. Awesome work by the way!

Rannah Romps

June 30, 2015

thank you for sharing this great project

joyse interiano

June 30, 2015

THis is just delightful! I love your scene. Reminds of our days of camping with the kids!

jean marmo

June 30, 2015

Love,love,love this postcard! How cute is this! Thank you for the tutorial! :-)

Lynn Petersen

June 30, 2015

LOVE this awesome card!! TFS!

barb macaskill

June 30, 2015

Love the fun feel of this piece and the paper choices! Delightful postcard!

Denise Bryant

June 30, 2015

What a great project. Tons of great ideas on this hop!! Thanks for sharing.

Heather Thompson

June 30, 2015

Would be so fun to receive this card from someone who is traveling - or to be able to send some from me. So colorful and full of job. thanks for sharing a great project.

Mary Holshouser

June 30, 2015

beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Janet Saieva

June 30, 2015

Amy's creation has taken paper piecing to whole new level. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peg Adams

June 30, 2015

Amy, your Happy Camper postcard would make a great summer album cover. Thanks for the idea.

Ruth McCurry

June 30, 2015

Absolutely loved this postcard. When I first looked at it I thought it was a pr-emade postcard that you sold, until I realized that you'd included the instructions to make it. And, what awesome instructions! Thanks so much!

Penny Hanuszak

June 30, 2015

I adore this post card, it is such a great idea to do this instead of buying a post card. I will remember this one for sure.

Colleen Howell

June 30, 2015

What a cleaver idea to create your own postcards. The colors used here are just beautiful.

Cynthia Rodriguez

June 30, 2015

This is so Adorable !!!! I love DecoArt products! TFS.

Julie A. Shearer

June 30, 2015

So cute! Love it!

Karen Schroeder

June 30, 2015

I just think that camper idea is cute. Love that card , so fun and friendly..Thanks

Jan Mayo

June 30, 2015

interesting

joan

June 30, 2015

Love the inspiration of this project!

Jeanne Mello

June 30, 2015

What a fun creative car! I'd take a ride in the car any day!

Dee A nn Matthews

June 30, 2015

I am truly inspired by your tutorial on this camper card. I have been thinking of trying different paints and washes Thanks!

Chris Calabrese

June 30, 2015

What a beautiful, happy card !

Lieve

June 30, 2015

this reminds me of a pieced quilt. would look lovely displayed for the summer months, and a quilt or pillow top. well done

Pattie Jns

June 30, 2015

Very cleaver. There are some really talented people. I have never seen anything quite like it. Beautiful

Frances J. Christman

June 30, 2015

Love how you created this road trip camping scene!

Sue D

June 30, 2015

Love all the beautiful and water color effects.

Bridget Parker

June 30, 2015

Love the colors and think it would be great to try and do this.

Joy

June 30, 2015

Love this postcard! Your choice of pigments is perfect. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Aletha

June 30, 2015

Sweet project!

Kris

June 30, 2015

Love the card. Great inspiration...thanks so much for sharing!

Joan LaBelle

June 30, 2015

Such a cute card! I am going to lift your ideas to make a page in my art journal today! TFS the instructions!

Kathy P.

June 30, 2015

Your little art work is so cute! I wouldn't have thought to send it as a post card but I bet the person receiving it and the lucky postal workers would both think it very special. Thanks for sharing the idea! :)

auntie em

June 30, 2015

Love all the new ideas - now just need to take the time to get started. Oh, what fun.

Candy Rude

June 30, 2015

What a stunning project - I love the vibrant colours

glennis f

June 30, 2015

What a fun and cute idea here. You did an awesome job on this and created a really great project. Thanks sooo much for sharing this.

Maryann

June 30, 2015

what a cute card - perfect for the summer vacation time

Barbara

June 30, 2015

loved the projects. thanks for sharing

Barb Brower

June 30, 2015

Loved your tutorial for the happy summer card. Your directions were easy to follow, even for non artist types.

Pat

June 30, 2015

Darling card, very whimsical.

Sharon

June 30, 2015

This is a gorgeous "postcard". I would love to receive it....

Sharon Brand

June 30, 2015

I love Deco Art! Thank you!

Billie Dee

June 30, 2015

What an adorable postcard! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Janet Sisk

June 30, 2015

I love this project! I'm a big fan of DecoArt, too! Thanks for taking part in the hop!

kathy/NorthCarolina

June 30, 2015

I have been enjoying all the projects. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara W

June 30, 2015

Wow, so much love went into this postcard! Beautiful work!

Amy C.

June 30, 2015

What a fun summer scene you have created! Love the happy colors. Thanks for the tutorial.

Joy Meadows

June 30, 2015

so very cute ...

Lynn G.

June 30, 2015

What an adorable post card! I love the little camper and the patterned papers look so cool with the painting techniques that you added.

VikiB

June 30, 2015

What fun to make and send!

sharon l

June 30, 2015

What fun to make and send!

sharon l

June 30, 2015

What an absolutely stunnign and gorgeous card! I love the style, but have not yet done anything quite like it. I was also unsure of how to go about it - now I have a great tutorial to follow! Thank you!!

Charlotte

June 30, 2015

Great tutorial! Love the idea and will be trying a version of it since I don't like to copy others work no matter how much I like it. Thank you for the inspiration!

Joanne O'Brien

June 30, 2015

Lovely project...thanks for the step-by-step photos xxx

Jenny Swords

June 30, 2015

Thanks for all the inspiration. There were many good ideas.

Linda SS

June 30, 2015

Really nice travel scrap book.

Joan

June 30, 2015

Really cute project.

Nancy

June 30, 2015

Awesome project! I just love the water color revolution.

Donna R

June 30, 2015

What a fun idea.

Maureen Murdock

June 30, 2015

I love this technique and the step by step that you are sharing!!! Thanks a lot for showing how we can use this spectacular products!!!!

Patry Ro

June 30, 2015

Very creative? I love the bright colors!!

Jackie QH

June 30, 2015

This is so easy and cute. Terrific for school kids project. Friendly and cannot ruin the shape or color. Smart :-) Beata

Beata

June 30, 2015

Beautiful card, it would put a smile on anyone's face.

Maureen Murdock

June 30, 2015

Wow! I just totally love the happy camper! Also love the use of the pretty patterned paper. Thank you for much for the great tutorial!

Carol H.

June 30, 2015

Such a great postcard! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Dawn Skene

June 30, 2015

Love the random look of this post card and the use of the pattern paper is such a wonderful addition.

Tracey

June 30, 2015

I would love to try these Chameleon pens! The results look fabulous :)

Debbie Vasel

June 30, 2015

What a beautiful postcard!! I love the vibrant colors and fun patterns. Thanks for sharing.

Robin Buchholz

June 30, 2015

That is the cutest thing I've seen all day! Love it!

renee collier

June 30, 2015

Great projects! Thanks for sharing this inspiration! Carol B ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com Florida

Carol B

June 30, 2015

These campers are perfect for the Summer Road Trip!

Susan

June 30, 2015

Wonderful little project! Such a fun, summery scene.

Kristine Vencel

June 30, 2015

These are fantastic!

judy belk

July 1, 2015

This such a great cards, such a beautiful art project

Vicky tovar

July 1, 2015

Wonderful work and love how you created the camper and the hills! Carla from Utah

Carla Hundley

July 1, 2015

What a fun project - Love it! Paper Hugs, Jan

Janet Castle

July 1, 2015

Wonderful work and love how you created the camper and the hills! Carla from Utah

Carla Hundley

July 1, 2015

Love the idea of a postcard and this is darling. Such a great idea. Beautiful work and a great tutorial

Dorina D

July 1, 2015

This post card is adorable! So very creative! My favorite that I use all the time for distressing is Burnt Umber, it really makes everything pop! Love that stuff lol

Jamie

July 1, 2015

Love the post card. Never thought of making any of those.

virgnia

July 1, 2015

Love this project.

Gilda

July 1, 2015

Really loved the patriotic coasters and watercolor page gave me lots of ideas

Linda Pearce

July 1, 2015

I had never thought about using other than watercolor paints for cards. I didn't even know there was such a thing as fluid acrylics. Very happy to know this. The card is delightful!

Jean Bullock

July 1, 2015

What a beautiful piece of art using Decoart medium! love the papers you used in this creations with beautiful layering! Thanks for showing step by step tutorial! Love it!!!

Vinita Jain

July 1, 2015

What a fun project! I can see this being framed for my grandson's room.

Anne L

July 1, 2015

Great card to make a few before leaving on your trip.

Su K

July 1, 2015

Thanks for the inspiration, looks like a fun item to make

Susan Faber

July 1, 2015

This will be a new technique for me.......:)

Bev

July 1, 2015

wonderful background and love the paper piecing too

Conniecrafter

July 1, 2015

Such a great idea using paint. The sweetest card

Iryna

July 1, 2015

Thanks so much for the tutorials. I just love the beautiful colors you used.

Tracie C.

July 1, 2015

very cute!

Lee Ann

July 1, 2015

What a cute card! We camp quite often, so this would be a great card for a party invitation or camping pages in a scrapbook.

DebbieZ

July 1, 2015

Wonderful project, xxx

wendy L

July 1, 2015

I love this idea! I've never tried to incorporate the acrylic colors and dies together quite like this. So fun! I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Carol

July 1, 2015

Too cute, love the camper.

Tina

July 1, 2015

Super cute project, thanks for sharing.

Donna Whitten

July 1, 2015

I LOVE the collaged landscape. A whimsical and lovely card.

Jo Murray

July 1, 2015

This is such a cute postcard and the instructions make it so easy to follow. TFS

Gretchen

July 1, 2015

Oh gosh, I love the summer fun of these projects. The colors used are wonderful.

Jodie Stoddard

July 1, 2015

Great project and detailed tutorial, too. TFS and contributing to this blog hop.

joy

July 1, 2015

I don't know why I've never thought to make a postcard. I make greeting cards all the time, but what a fun way to show off your art to the postman.

Becca Cruger

July 1, 2015

What a fun road trip card. Thanks for sharing.

Marjorie

July 1, 2015

I love the postcard that you designed. Great for mailing out on vacation.

Vicky Schmidt

July 1, 2015

What a fun joyful little card. So cute

Anne Beck

July 1, 2015

Thank you for all the photos and step by step instructions for your adorable mixed media project! I always want to try this type of art and then get intimidated about how to actually do it! Your post is so helpful. Love the colors you chose, too!

Laura P.

July 1, 2015

I just love this card - love all the colors and how you use up different papers; great way to use scraps!

Adrianne E.

July 1, 2015

This turned out great! I love the water colors!

Anita Carol Gambrell

July 1, 2015

Love the folk look to the design..colorful.

Sheila Bacon

July 1, 2015

Fun card!

Joy Rohwer

July 1, 2015

Very interesting.

kay phipps

July 1, 2015

I thought your card was very fascinating. I would have never come up with all the variety of parts and pieces that you did. Very nice job.

David R

July 1, 2015

We are RVers so love the camping postcard! Very clever. Mstgane Ann Robbins

Ann Robbins

July 1, 2015

Love the colors. Thanks for the tutorial.

jade

July 2, 2015

What an amazing project - love those cute car and caravan shapes. BLessings MAxine

Maxine D

July 2, 2015

Beautiful work, loving the colors used

Elaine

July 2, 2015

Love this piece of art- all the detail is stunning!

Keren Bake.

July 2, 2015

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